I cannot believe that this thread has lasted a 1000 posts to prove that "the cats don't motor
nearly 100 %". I am probably sailing more than anybodyelse here not only for pleausure but also as a part of my business, mostly in Turkish coasts and Dodocanese islands. Regardless whether it's a mono or cat , I see 80-90 % of boats motoring even with favourable winds not to mention upwind sailing. I've asked myself many time the question "why the hell these people are buying
a sail boat ?"
Most of the mono's and increasingly are carrying a "senseless" furling
main which doesn't do any good anyway. (by the way, some cat manufacturers also are now offering a furling
main sail option which to me is stupid..) Most mono's have huge genoas (130-140 %) that at most they unfurl a bit and moving somehow using also their engines most of the time.
The ones who try to get everything possible out of any breeze are live aboards or people with limited budget
trying to save the max from the fuel
customers are motoring a lot and I know by the quantities of refueling when they are back to our base and I can understand this to certain extend. For cruisers, it's hard to understand, I prefer sailing at 3 kts rather than motoring at 6 kts.
And if you are in hurry, there even faster ways of doing it..